Guillaume de Machaut

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Guillaume de Machaut is remembered today as the most prolific, and probably the greatest, poet-composer of fourteenth-century France. Sometimes considered as the last of the trouvères, his large output of courtly poetry and music comprises: a lyric Prologue; fourteen dits (i.e. long narrative and/or didactic poems, mostly on courtly love themes, sometimes with lyric insertions); the earliest known musical setting of the Mass by a single composer; the untexted musical Hoquetus David; a 64-line poem entitled “Vezci les biens que ma dame me fait” [Here are the good things my lady does for me]; twenty-five lays, nineteen of which are set to music; twenty-three motets; forty-…

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Maxwell, Kate. "Guillaume de Machaut". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 February 2008
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